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Belgium Global Market Leader for Offshore Wind Energy

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There are already five wind farms in the North Sea, of which four fully-operational and one semi-operational, with a total of 274 wind turbines and providing energy for 1 million Belgian families. Work is already underway on the sixth. In May 2019, the construction of wind farm number seven, Northwester 2, can start 50 km off the coast of Ostend. ... Read More »

Funding Nemo: £600m power cable connects UK and Belgium

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A £600m cable connecting the UK and Belgium’s energy systems is about to be switched on, becoming the first of a new generation of interconnectors that will deepen the UK’s ties to mainland Europe just as it prepares to leave the EU. The Nemo link is in the final stages of testing and from early 2019 is expected to transmit ... Read More »

Banksy works worth £12m impounded in Belgium after legal row

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It had been advertised as “Banksy unauthorised”, a retrospective of 58 of the street artist’s most famous works, put on display in an empty supermarket in a swanky part of Brussels. On Thursday night, a Belgian court proved just how unauthorised the exhibition may have been by ordering bailiffs to seize the art, valued at over £12m. After five hours, ... Read More »

Funding Nemo: £600m power cable connects UK and Belgium

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A £600m cable connecting the UK and Belgium’s energy systems is about to be switched on, becoming the first of a new generation of interconnectors that will deepen the UK’s ties to mainland Europe just as it prepares to leave the EU. The Nemo link is in the final stages of testing and from early 2019 is expected to transmit ... Read More »

Belgium arrests gang smuggling migrants to Britain

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Belgian police have dismantled a network of human traffickers accused of smuggling Sudanese and Eritrean migrants to Britain, the Brussels prosecutor said. Around 50 investigators raided several addresses in Brussels and detained 10 people, of whom seven have now been formally arrested pending charges. At two of the addresses, a total of eight undocumented migrants were found and have been ... Read More »

New food market to open in Brussels

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The opening of “Brussels Food Market” is scheduled to open in Summer 2019. The covered market will be situated on two floors in the Chambon building, right behind De Brouckère in Brussels city centre, and will cover an area of 2600m². The anticipations are high and the market likely becoming hugely popular amongst locals, living in a city renowned for ... Read More »

N-VA torpedoes plans to sign Belgium up to UN migration pact

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The signature by Belgium of the United Nations pact on migration, promised to the assembly by prime minister Charles Michel in New York in September, looked to be in jeopardy this week as the coalition party N-VA threatened not to back the proposal to sign. “We will not sign off on this text,” said a spokesperson for Theo Francken, federal ... Read More »

Billions missing from frozen Gaddafi accounts in Belgium

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Prosecutors are investigating whether Belgian banks paid out interest and dividends on accounts frozen under UN sanctions in 2011 after the ouster of the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Up to €5 billion ($5.7 billion) could have been disbursed to people controlling Libyan accounts, including militia groups in the country which stand accused of human rights abuses, according to a report ... Read More »

Belgium picks Lockheed’s F-35 over Eurofighter on price

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BRUSSELS: Belgium said on Thursday it had chosen Lockheed Martin’s (LMT.N) F-35 stealth jets over the Eurofighter Typhoon to replace its aging F-16s in a 4 billion euro ($4.55 billion) deal, saying the decision came down to price. After months of deliberation, the decision to buy 34 of the planes was announced at a government news conference. Belgium joins a ... Read More »

Belgium smashes human trafficking ring ‘smuggling migrants into Britain’

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Ten people were arrested during raids in the Brussels region. Three were released without charge while the remaining seven – all male – were placed in pre-trial detention. All have since been officially charged with offences relating to “human trafficking within the framework of a criminal organisation,” the Brussels public prosecutor’s office said in a statement. The trafficking ring was ... Read More »

Three out of four Belgians see EU membership as beneficial

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Three-quarters of Belgians feel that membership of the European Union (EU) has benefitted their country, according to the latest edition of Parlemeter 2018, Eurobarometer Survey 90 of the European Parliament. The barometer, a public opinion monitoring study that is updated regularly, measures citizens’ attitudes towards the EU and the European Parliament, as well as their perception of the benefits of ... Read More »

Belgium arrests gang smuggling migrants to Britain

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Belgian police have dismantled a network of people traffickers accused of smuggling Sudanese and Eritrean migrants to Britain, the Brussels prosecutor said Monday. On Sunday morning, around 50 investigators raided several addresses in Brussels and detained 10 people, of whom seven have now been formally arrested pending charges. At two of the addresses a total of eight undocumented migrants were ... Read More »

Belgium smashes human trafficking ring ‘smuggling migrants into Britain’

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Ten people were arrested during raids in the Brussels region on Sunday. Three were released without charge while the remaining seven – all male – were placed in pre-trial detention. All have since been officially charged with offences relating to “human trafficking within the framework of a criminal organisation,” the Brussels public prosecutor’s office said in a statement. The trafficking ... Read More »

Belgian gets life for smuggling cocaine into Cambodia

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A Cambodian court jailed a Belgian man for life for smuggling a kilogramme of cocaine into the kingdom, a court official said. David Catry, 34, was arrested in January at Phnom Penh’s airport with the contraband in his suitcase, which he had carried from Brazil. He was found guilty of drug smuggling, according to Y Rin, a spokesman for Phnom ... Read More »

Driver of Van Smuggling Migrants From Belgium Detained in Britain

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Belgian authorities are reportedly expected to issue a European Arrest Warrant for the transfer of a smuggler, whose passengers would pay over $5000 each in attempt to reach the United Kingdom. A 25-year-old Iraqi man has been arrested in the UK following a DNA match, allegedly linking him to a van used to smuggle people from Belgium to Britain. According ... Read More »

Ireland and Belgium are the new frontiers in the fight against illegal migration, the National Crime Agency warns

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The Republic of Ireland and Belgium are the new frontiers in the battle against illegal immigration into the UK, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said. People smugglers are increasingly opting for the two countries because security elsewhere has become effective. Investigators said Ireland has become an attractive option because illegal immigrants are able to take advantage of the “soft” ... Read More »

Belgian police arrest 10 for smuggling migrants to Britain

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Belgian police carried out a major operation targeting a gang that trafficked people to Britain, arresting 10 alleged smugglers and finding 27 migrants, police said. Police made the arrests in a raid on a motorway parking lot in the small western town of Wetteren and in a number of house searches. “Belgium is a transit country for migrants who want ... Read More »

People smuggling ‘ringleader’ arrested in joint UK-Belgian investigation

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The suspected ringleader of an organised criminal network thought to be behind hundreds of attempts to smuggle migrants into the UK has been arrested by the National Crime Agency. 31-year-old Albanian national Alket Dauti was detained at his home address in Penge, south-east London, this morning (20 June). The arrest was part of a joint UK-Belgian investigation into a crime ... Read More »

Cocaine smuggling is corrupting Antwerp politics, says mayor

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The scale of cocaine smuggling at the port of Antwerp – through which half of Europe’s supply of the drug reportedly passes – is so vast that corruption of local politics is inevitable, the city’s mayor has said. Bart De Wever, who has been mayor since 2013, said the enormous amount of cash flooding in because of drug smuggling at ... Read More »

Belgian police arrest 10 for smuggling migrants to Britain

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Belgian police carried out a major operation targeting a gang that trafficked people to Britain, arresting 10 alleged smugglers and finding 27 migrants, police said. Police made the arrests on Wednesday in a raid on a motorway parking lot in the small western town of Wetteren and in a number of house searches. “Belgium is a transit country for migrants ... Read More »